|City of license||Charlottesville, Virginia|
|Broadcast area||Charlottesville, Virginia
Albemarle County, Virginia
|Branding||"1070 WINA Newsradio"|
|Slogan||"First with Local News"|
|First air date||1949|
|Power||5,000 Watts day and night|
|Callsign meaning||W VirgINiA|
|Affiliations||CBS Radio News|
|Sister stations||WCNR, WQMZ, WVAX, WWWV|
WINA is a News/Talk/Sports formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Charlottesville, Virginia, serving Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia. WINA is owned and operated by Saga Communications.
WINA AM was founded in 1949 on 1400 kHz. In May 1957 Don Heyne, President of Charlottesville Broadcasting, announced a merger of WINA AM FM with WJMA AM in Orange, VA. The stations operated independently until April 1961 when WJMA was sold to WJMA Incorporated. In 1969, WINA AM changed to 1070 kHz in order to have a channel which was allowed more broadcasting power.
In 1970 Laurence E. Richardson purchased Charlottesville Broadcasting Corporation from the original owners, headed by Don Heyne. Included with WINA was WQMC FM. WINA while carrying a "middle of the road" music format increased the size of the news staff as well as the number of daily local newscasts and became an annual recipient of Associated Press and Virginia Association of Broadcasters awards for outstanding news coverage. It also developed The Virginia News Network with affiliates throughout the state of Virginia. The station also secured the rights to University of Virginia Sports broadcasts and is the originator and flagship station for the statewide network.
During the 1990s, the music format was dropped and the station transitioned to an all news/talk format. In the late 90s, Charlottesville Broadcasting Corporation, merged with Eure Communications, owned by William L. Eure Jr., owners of crosstown WCHV-AM and WWWV-FM. Upon the death of Mr. Richardson in 1998 Eure Communications became the sole owner of WINA.
In October 2004, Charlottesville-based Eure Communications agreed to sell WINA, along with its other stations, to Saga Communications.
Along with local news coverage, local talk shows are also heard on WINA including "The WINA Morning Show" hosted by Rick Daniels and Jane Foy; "Charlottesville — Right Now!" hosted by author and historian Coy Barefoot; "The Schilling Show" hosted by former Charlottesville City Councilor Rob Schilling; and "The Best Seat In The House" sports with host Jay James. WINA is also the flagship station for the University of Virginia Sports Radio Network.
- "WINA Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
- "WJMA Merges With Station WINA In Charlottesville"
- "Orange Radio Station Sold Friday"
- "Saga Communications, Inc. Enters into an Agreement to Acquire 2 FM and 1 AM Radio Stations in Charlottesville, VA" (Press release). Saga Communications. 2004-10-13. Retrieved 2008-06-22.
- "WINA drops show over autism cracks". Retrieved 2008-07-30.
- 1070 WINA Newsradio Online
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WINA
- Radio-Locator Information on WINA
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WINA
- WJMA history site